On Juneteenth, hackers tied to the group Anonymous did something big. They leaked a megatrove of secret police documents called the “Blue Leaks.” There’s so much inside that it’s hard to cover it all, but it’s important to know some of the facts that were revealed from the inside.
A decade of documents and hundreds of gigabytes of information from hundreds of police departments are now searchable - even badge numbers! These documents confirm surveillance and infiltration of the George Floyd protests by police, among other noteworthy things.
The documents also reveal that police were aware of white supremacists posing as antifa (anti-fascist) activists so they could infiltrate them and incite violence. This provides evidence police focused on unfounded threats against officers that often didn’t materialize. This costs us.
The information shown through these leaks tells us a lot about just how much officers speculate and get paid to demonize protesters. German authorities working with the USA recently seized a server tied to these leaks, which may bring even more attention to them.
There’s much more going on around us than we may realize. One of the biggest takeaways of the Blue Leaks is that the police know this and are taking full advantage of the situation. As more information comes out, it’s clear: police are totally out of control!